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Archive - September 2016

Pray with someone

Pray with someone

During our missions in NYC, we caught Br. Peter at the back of Old St. Pat’s praying the rosary with a passerby. Praying with someone, sharing each other’s struggles, is the best way to evangelize. Next time someone shares a difficulty...

What is a Catholic to do?

What is a Catholic to do?

I’m one of the 100 million or so Americans who watched the presidential debate last night. Like other students of history, I had no illusion that I was watching the Lincoln-Douglas debates.  It was more like two kids on a playground dissing each...

Idle worship

Idle worship

Despite the old joke I tell my kids, I really didn’t walk 25 miles to school in the school, uphill both ways.  I either lived with a mile of school – or took the school bus. Taking the bus wasn’t a thrill, but at least I spent the time waiting with...

Devout comes cheap

Devout comes cheap

She was one of those little old ladies you see often in our parish:  kneeling, praying the rosary, lace head covering, a look of quiet piety.  Ah, what a devout Catholic. Mass had started, but I was still in the confessional.  When I finished...

The Missionary Mentality

The Missionary Mentality

It’s a normal day on Facebook : presidential commentary, comical videos, cute overloads and friends’ baby uploads. Then, almost as if it were radiating straight to your pupils, you see that one friend’s updated profile picture in a field with a slew...

I will stand

I will stand

I will always stand for the national anthem. Once I didn’t and it was a foolish moment I regret.  Let me explain. College was a chaotic time for me (and our country).  It was the early 1970s, and the protests against the Vietnam War were at their...

Profession of vows

Profession of vows

“By your profession of vows today, you are telling the world that Jesus is real.” – Fr. John Connor On Saturday, 22 brothers professed vows (one missed the photo!): 16 of them for the first time, 5 renewed, and Br. Adrian Lawrence...